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Living Lab as an Approach to Activate Dynamic Innovation Ecosystems and Networks: An Empirical Study

Pasquale Del Vecchio, Gianluca Elia (), Valentina Ndou (), Giustina Secundo () and Fabrizio Specchia ()
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Pasquale Del Vecchio: Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Via per Monteroni, Lecce 73100, Italy
Gianluca Elia: Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Via per Monteroni, Lecce 73100, Italy
Valentina Ndou: Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Via per Monteroni, Lecce 73100, Italy
Giustina Secundo: Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Via per Monteroni, Lecce 73100, Italy
Fabrizio Specchia: Distretto Tecnologico High-Tech, D Scarl, Lecce, Italy

International Journal of Innovation and Technology Management (IJITM), 2017, vol. 14, issue 05, 1-18

Abstract: This paper aims to discuss the importance of Living Labs as an effective mechanism that can support the creation of dynamic innovation ecosystems and networks. The analysis of literature related to regional innovation and based on the Quadruple Helix framework, is integrated with exploratory research analysis of 20 cases of Italian Living Labs. The field study is realized through a web-based content analysis and questionnaires. The paper contributes to study how the Living Lab can constitute an effective mechanism supporting the creation of dynamic innovation ecosystems and networks, in the final aim to explore its relevance for setting regional strategies for smart growth, which valorize the internal and external knowledge assets. The paper provides important implications, both at research and policy levels, related with the knowledge-based innovation processes that could be activated at territorial level.

Keywords: Quadruple Helix; Living Lab; open innovation; innovation ecosystem; Smart Specialization Strategy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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